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NewsForge: What Are the Best Linux IRC and IM Clients?

Nov 26, 2003, 11:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"I've been experimenting a bit with IRC and IM clients, but now I'm back to the ones I've been using all along: XChat and Gaim. Is this because I'm so used to these programs that no others can possibly satisfy me, or are there better ones out there I don't know about and haven't tried?

"Once we become accustomed to one program, we tend to measure all others against it, and many of the factors we use to judge have nothing to do with quality or efficiency but with our habits. We get used to typing 'a' and getting response 'b' or clicking on an icon in a certain spot to get a desired result, and if we suddenly need to click a different widget or even the same one in a different place, it slows us down--and might even make us grumble about how the new program is inferior to the one we're used to using..."

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